Balkman lifts Alab past HK

first_imgBalkman, who surpassed the record of 45 points set by former Singapore import Justin Howard, fired 13 points in a scintillating stretch in the final period, overpowering a Hong Kong defense led by Fil-German Christian Standhardinger, who, incidentally, is set to suit up for San Miguel Beer in the PBA after the ABL season.Justin Brownlee came up with another sterling all-around effort with 16 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists for Alab.Eastern, the No. 2 seed, broke out of the gates hard, leading 17-4 early on, before Alab flipped the switch in the second period and exploded for 36 points with Balkman scoring heavily inside the paint.Balkman promised a show in the series opener and delivered.“We just came out and played hard. That’s what the playoffs are all about. I told them we were going to put on a show when we come down here,” Balkman said.ADVERTISEMENT Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast AFC Cup: Ceres blanks cambodian Xi, nears knockout stage Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Renaldo Balkman Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJimmy Alapag knows exactly what it would take for San Miguel Alab Pilipinas to achieve its goals.“To be the best, you have to beat the best,” Alapag said after Alab eked out a 98-94 nail-biter over defending champion Hong Kong Eastern Wednesday night in the Asean Basketball League semifinals at Southorn Stadium in Hong Kong that put the Filipinos within another win of a dream title series stint.ADVERTISEMENT P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC With Brownlee and Balkman leading the attack, the Filipinos surged to a 75-62 lead heading into the final period, before Eastern fought back to tie the count at 94 on back-to-back triples by Tyler Lamb and Lee Ki.But Balkman recovered a loose ball in the next play, before making two foul shots. Following a Hong Kong turnover caused by Alab guard Pao Javelona, Brownlee hit two free throws with 10 seconds remaining to ice it.Reigning local MVP Ray Parks also did his part with 23 points and 10 rebounds.Alapag is again counting on his prized trio to lead the fight in Game 2, with locals Josh Urbiztondo, Paolo Javelona, and Lawrence Domingo expected to provide backup.“It’s going to take a huge effort on our part. Hong Kong will surely come out to play (hard) on Sunday, but we have to continue doing the same thing we did in Game 1. Stay focused and not get rattled,” Alapag said.Other semifinal seriesIn the other semifinal series, Mono Vampire of Thailand turned back Chong Son Kung Fu of China, 103-74, in Nanhai to also close in on a Finals berth.Jason Brickman had 25 points and 15 assists, while former University of the East guard Paul Zamar, playing as the Thais’ heritage import, contributed 20 points on 4-of-15 shooting.Like Alab, Mono can close out the series in Game 2 on Wednesday in Bangkok.The San Miguel banner is no stranger to flying high in the regional league, reaching the ABL Finals in its two-season stay and ultimately, winning it all in 2013 behind Asi Taulava, Chris Banchero, and Leo Avenido. —WITH REPORTS FROM CEDELF P. TUPAS Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’center_img LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “Anytime that you get a chance to win the championship, you’d love to play the best and you have to be able to win against them,” Alapag, a rookie head coach, added. “That’s exactly what we did (in Game 1), but make no mistake, it was a tough one.”Renaldo Balkman displayed the skills that had made him a world-class player, shooting 46 points to establish a new ABL playoff scoring mark as he led Alab in the furious endgame and allowed the Filipinos to steal homecourt edge.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAlab can wrap this series up with a win on Sunday at Sta. 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Cabinet green-lights ‘Trusted Trader’ programme

first_imgGovernment has green-lighted a proposal submitted by Business Minister Dominic Gaskin to introduce a ‘Trusted Trader’ programme to benefit legitimate businesses in Guyana.This proposal was developed as a result of complaints received over the past 10 months that the refusal of several well-established businesses to pay inducements to public officials has resulted in them being targeted with delays in the processing of their transactions.This has, in many cases, resulted in commodities with short shelf lives being left on the wharves to expire, while minor queries are used to delay the importation process for weeks. These actions have resulted in the loss of millions of dollars to businesses; which in turn, affects Government’s revenue collection.The Trusted Trader status will be granted to businesses that meet certain criteria related to their history of compliance.This status will allow for the release of consignments prior to the processing of import documents, as well as other benefits that acknowledge the high level of trustworthiness implied in the status.Cabinet will appoint a working group with representatives from the Ministries of Business and Finance (Guyana Revenue Authority) and at least one other interested Ministry, to undertake consultation with stakeholders. The working group will be expected to submit a report with specific and detailed recommendations to Cabinet by April 29.last_img read more


Giroud gets winner as France celebrate W Cup homecoming

first_img0Shares0000The France players performed a victory parade to celebrate their World Cup triumph after beating the Netherlands © AFP / FRANCK FIFEPARIS, France, Sep 9 – France finally celebrated winning the World Cup with their home fans on Sunday after Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud both scored in a 2-1 win over the Netherlands in Paris.Giroud swept in the winner from a Benjamin Mendy cross in the 75th minute for his first goal in 11 games in a France shirt, after the Chelsea striker went through the entirety of his country’s triumphant campaign in Russia without scoring. On their first appearance on home soil since the World Cup, Mbappe had earlier put France ahead in an explosive performance from the 19-year-old, before Ryan Babel briefly restored parity in the second half.The Stade de France exploded in celebration at Giroud’s winner in a game that had a competitive edge as part of UEFA’s new Nations League.However, this match on a balmy evening was really just a prelude to World Cup victory celebrations on the pitch in front of almost 80,000 fans at the national stadium after the final whistle.“The victory was the most important thing, so we can have a great party,” coach Didier Deschamps told television station M6.“I am really pleased for Olivier. Strikers can have periods like that where they are not as efficient, but he is useful in our build-up play, he scored a lovely goal, and on top of that it gave us the victory.”The French team and their supporters saw this occasion as the opportunity to make up for the lack of a memorable public celebration in the immediate aftermath of the World Cup triumph in Russia.Olivier Giroud is congratulated by Kylian Mbappe after scoring France’s winner © AFP / Franck FIFEThe day after beating Croatia 4-2 in the final, Les Bleus paraded hurriedly down the Champs-Elysees Avenue in Paris en route to a reception hosted by President Emmanuel Macron.The rushed nature of those celebrations disappointed the estimated 300,000 fans who took to the streets, and so this time the victorious squad were presented one by one to supporters after the final whistle.The World Cup trophy was shown off as well, and the squad undertook a lap of honour, singing with supporters, at the stadium where France first won it in 1998.“Now is the time to have a party,” Paul Pogba told M6.“When we came back to France it was very short. There was all the security around the bus and we couldn’t really celebrate with the public.“This time we are at the Stade de France, it’s full, it’s beautiful.”The France starting line-up was the same as that in Thursday’s 0-0 draw with Germany in Munich, meaning the only change from the World Cup final was in goal, with Alphonse Areola replacing the injured Hugo Lloris.– Spine-tingling –The teams were greeted by an enormous banner that read ‘world champions’ and covered the pitch, before a spine-tingling version of the French national anthem.Mbappe forced a good save from Netherlands goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen inside 50 seconds, and his performance here showed why he is tipped as a future Ballon d’Or winner.He got the breakthrough in the 14th minute as he turned in a ball driven across the box by Blaise Matuidi for his eighth international goal in 2018.The explosive Kylian Mbappe got France’s opener on a night of World Cup victory celebrations © AFP / Anne-Christine POUJOULATThe hosts looked in complete control against a Dutch side rebuilding under Ronald Koeman after failing to qualify for Euro 2016 or the World Cup.It took the visitors 66 minutes to seriously threaten, as Georginio Wijnaldum found himself in behind the defence only to drag his shot wide.But the Dutch were level just a minute later, Kenny Tete delivering a cross from the right for Babel — unmissable with his hair dyed red – to convert.Giroud got the winner though, his 32nd for his country seeing him move one clear of Zinedine Zidane’s tally for France.After drawing in Germany, France are in control in the three-team Group 1 of League A in the Nations League, with the group winners going through to the four-team finals next June.But for them the evening was always about the post-game festivities first and foremost.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


Writers Talk to Avert Walk

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The divide over the cut of DVD sales flowing to writers, as well as payment for shows distributed via the Internet, point to a long strike, according to published reports. Saturday, about 300 WGA, west, strike captains met at the guild’s Fairfax district offices to get their orders from chief negotiator, David Young, who has mobilized the union in advance of the midnight deadline. If the strike is a go, WGA members will be asked to picket in four-hour shifts, starting at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., outside studios or offices where they work. The guild claims about 12,000 members, about 4,000 of whom are in New York, where picketing also is planned by members of the WGA, east. The first casualties of a strike would be late-night talk shows. NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report” would begin re-runs immediately. – Daily News Wire Services Last-minute negotiations to avert a promised writer’s strike at midnight continued on today, with no word by midafternoon if the talks had made any progress. If no agreement is made, picket lines will go up at 9 a.m. Monday at 14 television and movie studio lots from Burbank to Hollywood to Manhattan Beach. The board of directors of the Writers Guild of America voted Friday to strike at 12:01 a.m. Monday if no deal is reached. By a margin of 9-1, guild members voted last month to authorize its leadership to declare a strike, according to published reports. Primetime programming is unlikely to be affected until January. Producers, anticipating a strike, have stockpiled shows and scripts, according to published reports. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


Liverpool to avoid punishment for alleged ‘tapping up’ of Virgil van Dijk

first_img Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk Liverpool are set to escape punishment for allegedly tapping up Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk.The Saints reported the Reds to the Premier League after numerous reports emerged suggesting the Holland international had decided he wanted to join Jurgen Klopp’s side.However, with no bid made, Southampton took their grievance to the authorities, prompting an immediate apology from Liverpool – accepted by the south-coast side – and a commitment to end their interest in the centre-back.A preliminary investigation was launched by the Premier League but has stalled as there is insufficient evidence to support Southampton’s claim.It is understood that, unless new information comes to light, there will not be any more progress with the inquiry, effectively allowing Liverpool to avoid a sanction. 1last_img read more


FLOODY HELL! DOWNPOURS BRING TAILBACKS AND DANGEROUS ROADS

first_imgTowns across the county were left under water today as heavy rain left many places flooded.Continuous rain overnight and further downpours throughout the day left many roads dangerous.Fields have also been left heavily flooded and many farmers have been forced to move animals to safer ground. Gardai were called out to many flooded roads in Inishowen, Donegal Town, Ballyshannon and Letterkenny.In Letterkenny Gardai were called out to the Dry Arch Roundabout after flash flooding caused huge tailbacks in and out of the town.Gardai have also warned people to be extra careful with more heavy rain forecast for the rest of the week.“There has been a lot of rain in the past 24 hours and this has caused several flash floods locally around the county. “The forecast is for a lot more rain so we are expecting more floods.“We are asking people to slow down and not to drive quickly through water left on the surface of roads.“Also we are appealing to people to slow down when driving on secondary roads and you never know what it around the corner,” said a spokesman.* PICTURES BY KIND PERMISSION OF STEPHEN DOHERTY.Ends FLOODY HELL! DOWNPOURS BRING TAILBACKS AND DANGEROUS ROADS was last modified: October 18th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BallyshannonFLOODINGletterkennylast_img read more


INNOVATIVE NEW HOUSE BUILDING PROJECT IN LETTERKENNY CREATING “A” RATED ENERGY EFFICIENT HOMES

first_imgOne of the “A” rated energy efficient new houses at Rann Mor Meadow, Letterkenny.An innovative and exciting new building project, of ‘A’ rated energy efficient homes is well-underway in Letterkenny and is the first of its kind in the town.The wonderfully designed modern homes have unsurprisingly attracted a significant amount of interest from potential homeowners.It’s been well documented over the last number of months that the property market is making a significant recovery in Ireland for the first time since the collapse of the economy. However, there are suggestions that while the property market is certainly on the road to recovery in Dublin, there’s been little activity outside of the capital.But that belief is being disregarded with the exciting and innovative new project at Rann Mor Meadow in Letterkenny well underway.The project is also giving the local construction industry in the county and the local economy in general a huge lift.The location of Rann Mor Meadow is fantastic, it’s located just off the Rahan Road, and is only a few minutes drive from Letterkenny. The homes are located on an elevated site that provide absolutely wonderful views of Letterkenny.GDC (Ireland) Limited are building the 59 modern homes, that incorporate a whole range of energy efficient features that really make them stand out.GDC (Ireland) has established a stellar reputation over the years for their excellence in building quality homes and consistently setting new standards and thoroughly completing their development.They’ve shown great initiative and fortitude to design these wonderful new homes against a backdrop of one of most difficult periods in the construction industry in Ireland.Managing Director Daniel Doherty also added, that there are very few of this standard and specification of houses anywhere in the country. Daniel told Donegal Daily, “Phase one of the homes is currently under construction, they include solar panels, triple glazed windows, extra thick cavity block walls with added insulation, supreme air tightness, and heating control zones.“With combined condensing oil fired central heating, and a solid fuel back boiler stove linked to the central heating system, this all leads to huge savings in energy costs over the lifetime of these houses, he added.These innovative and exciting new houses will undoubtedly raise the bar when it comes to energy efficient homes in Donegal. This is now what people want and expect and we are here to give it to them.The project also signifies that there is real signs of the economy picking up again, and any increase in activity in the construction sector has a real spin-off for the local economy. “House prices have plummeted since the Celtic Tiger days, but there is now a growing realisation that this is a very good time to buy with considerable value in the marketplace.“Three bedroom semi-detached “A” rated BER energy efficient houses at Rann Mor Meadow are available at just €122,500 in phase 1, he concluded.Such is the quality and innovation of the Rann Mor Meadow development, that at a starting price of €122,500, it’s little wonder that these homes are already attracting such a huge interest among potential homeowners.For further information contact: GDC (IRL) LTD Property Developers on 074 93 84700, email: info@gdcirl.com or visit www.gdcirl.com or http://www.gdcirl.com Sherry Fitzgerald 0n 074 9122211, email: property@sfr.ie or visit www.sfr.ie or visit http://www.sfr.ieINNOVATIVE NEW HOUSE BUILDING PROJECT IN LETTERKENNY CREATING “A” RATED ENERGY EFFICIENT HOMES was last modified: October 14th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessFeaturesnewslast_img read more


PARTNER OF DONEGAL CAMPAIGNER MARIE SAYS HE WILL MISS HER SO MUCH THIS CHRISTMAS

first_imgThe partner of brave Donegal right-to-die campaigner Marie Fleming says he has no regrets about supporting her wishes.The late Marie Fleming with her partner Tom.But Tom Curran admitted that he is going to have such a lonely Christmas without the Lifford-born woman he shared his life with.He said he tried to keep busy to block out the feelings of grief. But he admitted “But it doesn’t work, that was my coping mechanism. Today I miss Marie very much.”He said he is now looking forward to spending Christmas with her daughter Corrina and five grandchildren, as well as his own son, David.“They will keep me busy and stop m feeling sorry for myself,” he said.He added that h takes so much pride form the campaign himself and Marie mounted. “I think back to when the news broke first that I was willing to help Marie. I got a call from the guards to tell me they were going to question me.“That wouldn’t happen now. I don’t think we would have progressed that much without Marie,” he added. PARTNER OF DONEGAL CAMPAIGNER MARIE SAYS HE WILL MISS HER SO MUCH THIS CHRISTMAS was last modified: December 21st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalLiffordMARIE FLEMINGright to dielast_img read more


Winning ‘the dirty rotten ball on the ground’ was Galway’s key – Kevin Walsh

first_imgAs much as Donegal’s collapse was a surprise at Markievicz Park, Galway’s sharp renaissance registered a similar level on the Richter scale.Galway had been pummelled themselves in the Connacht final, losing by nine points to Roscommon, and the belief was that their season would fate.Picture caption: Galway manager Kevin Walsh during Saturday’s game. Picture by Evan Logan But they arrived in Sligo with a score to settle – with themselves as much as with anyone else.Johnny Heaney lorded the show with a brace of goals and a towering display. Liam Silke, from a penalty, and Danny Cummins, with a thunderous late strike, netted as Galway won by 15 points.It wasn’t the more aesthetically pleasing stuff that Kevin Walsh, the Galway manager, pointed to, however.“The movement was much better today and if you were to look at one difference, from what I saw it would probably be the dirty, rotten ball on the ground,” Walsh said after downing 13-man Donegal. “Even if fellas didn’t catch it first time, they tended to dive in and get a flick with the hand or flick it to somebody else.“It’s something we would’ve said for the last week, that there’s two ways of going here – bounce back and show character or fade away.“Since I came in here it’s the first year we’ve got a chance to give a response. We were knocked out the last 12 against Donegal two years ago and didn’t get the chance to come back, and last year again we had to carry the Tipperary defeat through the winter.“This is the first time in three years they had the chance to come out and put something right. We’ve a lot of work to do for next week, so have the other eight teams, but the character was important today.”Wounded Galway were seen as a good draw for Donegal, but a nightmare unfolded before Rory Gallagher’s eyes as his side capitulated. Galway had the game sewn up by half-time, when they led by 11 points, 3-9 to 0-7.Walsh said: “That little bit of passion was definitely higher from last time.“It’s something that worked out for us, it’s more about what we do ourselves in our own game. It was more about getting hands on the ball around the middle area, we’ve been quite good coming off the shoulder all year but we didn’t get enough ball last time so we weren’t able to show that.“It wasn’t necessarily that we went after that, we went after the dirty ball and people to work together in unity and it opened up a good few times in the first half. We were probably a lot more clinical.” Winning ‘the dirty rotten ball on the ground’ was Galway’s key – Kevin Walsh was last modified: July 23rd, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:2017 All-Ireland SFCdonegalGalwayKevin Walshlast_img read more


Letterkenny University Hospital triggers full capacity protocol again

first_imgThe Emergency Department at Letterkenny University Hospital is extremely busy today, December 18th with a significant number of patients awaiting admission to the hospital. The hospital has apologised to patients and their families for delays.The Full Capacity Protocol has been implemented and all efforts continue to be made to identify patients who are appropriate for discharge. A spokesman said “Management at the hospital would like to advise people who are attending the Emergency Department at LUH to expect significant delays.“We would like to remind the public that we encourage them to attend the Emergency Department only in the case of real emergencies and they should contact their GP or GP Out-of-Hours service in the first instance.“Letterkenny University Hospital again apologises to all patients and their families for any distress caused as a result of these delays.”Letterkenny University Hospital triggers full capacity protocol again was last modified: December 18th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalfull capacityletterkenny hospitallast_img read more